This volume links gender issues to the life-courses of women and men. Gender-based discrimination is experienced differently according to age, generation, and status in the family. In particular, female children and elderly women perform an enormous amount of the world's work, endure appalling abuses of their human rights, and receive disproportionately few benefits from development. Writers here call for development policy and practice to recognize this vast contribution, and enforce the rights of women of all ages to an equal share of development outcomes. Other topics included here are the use of life-histories in understanding social and economic change; the economic survival of older people and children in an era of AIDS; the vulnerability of older men to gender-based abuses; girl-trafficking and AIDS; educating adolescent girls and boys to eradicate gender inequality; and the role of employment in changing young women's status in society. Countries featured include Bangladesh, Mexico, Jordan, Tanzania, and Nepal.
Caroline Sweetman is Editor of the international journal Gender & Development and works for Oxfam GB.